UT at Memphis

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    I live in Memphis, Tn and hope to apply to CRNA within the next year. I wanted to get some info from students who are attending or who have graduated from their program. I've heard that their program is basically self taught?? How could you possibly teach yourself anesthesia????
    If anybody has any info about this program please let me know.
    Thanks.
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    The program isn't self taught, and I can think of nothing negative to say about it. They are very professional, and I am completely satifisfied.
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    Some people don't understand the difference between graduate and undergraduate education. Those people will often complain that a graduate program is 'self taught' (this is in any area of study, and not unique to nurse anesthesia). A good graduate program will require the student to learn how to assess their own learning needs and to meet those, that is what you will have to do for the rest of your nurse anesthesia career. The current knowledge will be out of date long before you retire, so just filling your brain with those facts is not the goal.

    I don't know anything about UT at Memphis.
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    Quote from marvinskbaby1
    I live in Memphis, Tn and hope to apply to CRNA within the next year. I wanted to get some info from students who are attending or who have graduated from their program. I've heard that their program is basically self taught?? How could you possibly teach yourself anesthesia????
    If anybody has any info about this program please let me know.
    Thanks.
    You can't and you can!

    You have to study on your own, read the material and attend classes, so if that is your definition of self-taught, then I guess it is. The reality is you have to put effort into reading, and memorizing no matter what school you go to. I could care less about self-taught vs. spoon fed as long as I understand the material so I can provide safe care. I don't want to be the cause of some patient loosing their life when they have no one to trust but me to put them to sleep.

    It is difficult and a lot of hard work, but it will pay off in the end.
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    Of those of you at UT Memphis I was wondering about requirements. I looked at the website and see minimum ones, but what are type of ICU experience did the majority of accepted students have? How many years? I live in Memphis, have doing L and D 3 years, but I am ready for ICU experience and then CRNA school. What was the average GRE scores of those accepted?
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    Quote from marvinskbaby1
    I live in Memphis, Tn and hope to apply to CRNA within the next year. I wanted to get some info from students who are attending or who have graduated from their program. I've heard that their program is basically self taught?? How could you possibly teach yourself anesthesia????
    If anybody has any info about this program please let me know.
    Thanks.
    Like people mentioned. It is a INTENSE graduate level program. All the programs out there are extremely rigorous and you're introduced to seemingly insurmountable amount of information in a VERY short period of time. All you have time for in class is to be exposed to the material. It takes a lot of time and effort to digest and attempt to understand what is presented. Even then, it sometimes feels like you're studying just to survive from exam to exam. So, in a sense, it is pretty accurate to say it's very independent and you have to rely on yourself to teach yourself the info. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the faculty will support you, but if you fall behind, you're left in the dust pretty quickly.

    Chris
    P.S. Not sure how the picture would differ when a program is not front loaded.
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    I am so excited to be starting at University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis June 2011. I will be class of 2014. I am so excited.


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